Monday, April 19, 2021

Pakistan Gets First Indigenously Developed ‘Al Khalid’ Main Battle Tank

Pakistan has handed over an improved version of its indigenously developed main battle tank – ‘Al Khalid’ to its army.

Indian vs Chinese Tanks: Why Mighty T-90 Tanks Have No Answer To Chinese Type-15 Lightweight Tanks?

Islamabad’s joint venture with China and Ukraine was given to the Armored Corps Regiment of Pakistan Army at a ceremony at Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT)-a state-run defence manufacturer.

Al-Khalid-1 tank is a great example of Pakistan's self-reliance and testifies the strength of Pak-China friendship. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, top military officials attended the ceremony, according to the army’s media wing.  The Al Khalid-I will replace its predecessor, the Al Khalid, jointly developed by Pakistan and China during the 1990s.

“Al Khalid-1 will be handed over to formations, which have a critical and decisive role during the war,” a statement said.

Bajwa lauded HIT’s efforts “towards the attainment of self-reliance and manufacturing of world-class indigenous defence products, direly needed in evolving security environment.”

Reiterating the need to bolstered defence and operational preparedness, he said: “Our defence preparation and operational readiness  is to ensure peace within and peace without.”

Why Pakistan’s Entire Fleet Of F-16s, JF-17s Is At High-Risk With The Arrival Of Rafale Jets?

But he warned, if provoked, the army “shall respond and respond with all our might,” a thinly-veiled reference to longtime rival India. The two nuclear rivals have long been locked in an intense arms race, with several “successful” missile tests in recent years.

The two armies for decades have faced off across the Line of Control, a de facto border that divides the disputed Kashmir region between the two arch-rivals.

Featured News

China, Russia Or Aliens: Why Is There A Sudden Surge In UFO Sightings Over US Military Bases?

The sudden surge in the "UFO" sightings over US military bases and naval assets may be attributed to deliberate incursions by enemy spy drones. Defense...

Indian LCA Tejas Or Pakistani JF-17: Who Is Winning The Malaysian Fighter Jet Contract?

India’s multi-role Tejas fighter has captured the imagination of the Malaysian air force for quite some time now. The 4.5 generation Light Combat Aircraft...

Why Is India Not On The Same Page With Its ‘Democratic Allies’ On Myanmar’s Military Regime?

Days after condemning the ongoing violence in Myanmar at the United Nations, India has again changed its tone with regard to the country's military...

China To Conduct Most Rapid Expansion Of Nuclear Weapons & Delivery Mechanism Ever — US Report

China will continue its efforts to spread its influence, undercut that of the United States, drive wedges between Washington and its allies and partners,...

As MiG-35 Gets Neural Links, IAF Pilot Says India Must Prioritize ‘Capabilities Over Platform’

Russia’s MiG Corporation is developing smart target recognition systems based on neural networks for MiG series aircraft, especially the 4++ generation MiG-35 fighter, the...